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Alfred At The Races

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 22, 2013 – 5:45 pm


Alfred Morris and Joshua Morgan did more than just preach the benefits of physical activity to the students at Lake Arbor Elementary School on Tuesday. They hopped right in the mix and showed those 21st century kids how to play.

Watch Morris run a Nerf ball relay with the kids in the video below.  Read more »

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Cooley Reads ‘Llama Llama & Bully Goat’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 22, 2013 – 5:06 pm

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A lifetime ago, Chris Cooley was a bashful NFL rookie, making plays in front of millions but unsure of what to do with his hands when put in front of a camera.

Over the next decade, he grew as a media personality as his physical skill grew him into a Washington football legend.

By the time his playing days were over, he was a natural fit to join the team’s in-game broadcast and host a daily afternoon show on ESPN 980.

Though he has his own unique style and presentation, Cooley has grown into one of the most honest and thoughtful communicators in the market.

He put several of those skills to the test on Tuesday at the Redskins Charitable Foundation’s Redskins Read event, powered by NRG.

With each group of elementary school students that passed through his station in the press box at FedExField, he preached the importance of education through reading.

Then, putting his public speaking skills on display, he read them ‘Llama Llama And The Bully Goat,’ cover to cover. Sit in with the students and hear his own spin on the story below: Read more »

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Remember When Kids Went Outside?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 22, 2013 – 4:48 pm


For half an hour, Alfred Morris and Joshua Morgan were 10 years old again.

The Redskins visited Lake Arbor Elementary School Tuesday to encourage health and fitness at a Hometown Huddle event.

At recess, the players lost themselves in Nerf ball games, relay races and challenges testing their endurance in squat and push-up positions. This is what they did back in the day.

Today’s kids require a little more stimulation. While Morris and Morgan watched from a perch backstage, the students at Lake Arbor watched a giant screen project a video in which Santana Moss ran them through a workout including jumping jacks and shadow boxing. Teachers had their smartphones ready for photo opportunities.

It was enough to make both players in their 20s sound geriatric. Read more »

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Cooley On Reed’s Play, Comparrison

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 22, 2013 – 3:47 pm

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If there’s ever been a day for Jordan Reed news, today is the day. Just 48 hours removed from the best game of his fledgling NFL career, Reed has found a way into every single one of my posts and as we continue to look back on the game that was, you can’t help but feel excitement when thinking about the kid’s potential.

Reed notched a career-high 134 yards and touchdown on only nine catches. Each and every day the team’s decision to draft a tight end in the third round (scrutinized due to belief that it wasn’t a position of need) looks better and better.

Reed set a franchise rookie tight end record with his 134 yards, surpassing greats Chris Cooley and Jerry Smith in the process. On Monday, Cooley’s praise of Reed continued on Monday Morning Redskins Roundup exclusively on Redskins.com.

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Maya, Morgan Share Gameday Experience

Posted by Redskins.com on October 22, 2013 – 2:23 pm

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[First Ladies of Football veteran Maya and rookie Morgan share their experiences from Sunday’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game–a 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears. The cheerleaders were busy throughout the game, forming a tunnel for player introductions, performing on-field and celebrating the six touchdowns!]

It’s Maya and Morgan here and we just wanted to start off by saying….HAIL VICTORY!! It’s always a wonderful week after a win!

Taking a win after Sunday’s game against the Bears surely brought excitement throughout the DMV area.  Along with the win we were also supporting breast cancer awareness month. The NFL partnered up with the American Cancer Society to join the fight against breast cancer through the Campaign, “A Crucial Catch.” Together, we are encouraging a healthy lifestyle and the importance of annual screening.

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See Highlights From Coaches Film

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 22, 2013 – 1:25 pm


With 298 yards through the air and an additional 84 on the ground, sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III dazzled on Sunday.

The read-option’s effectiveness allowed him to remain calm in the pocket and let his receivers’ routes unravel as intended.

For No. 10, it was just another day at work, but with his duel-threat abilities shining the brightest since late last season, some were saying that the “old” RGIII was back.

Regardless of whether or not there is such a thing for a second-year player just months removed from surgery, I think we can all agree that seeing the game from a coach’s perspective would be pretty awesome.

I’ve always wondered what the guys in the booth see that makes them adjust on the fly. Now we know.

Here’s a little snippet of coaching film from Griffin III’s second quarter connection with Aldrick Robinson and his fourth quarter Houdini act that allowed Pierre Garcon to get open on a crucial third-down play.

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Help The Redskins Win Week 7 Awards

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 22, 2013 – 12:08 pm

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In the words of Mikey, “Goonies never say die!”

Okay so Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. is far from a Goonie and as a matter of fact he wasn’t a part of this world for another three years after the famous movie’s release, but on October 22nd, 2013 the third-year running back refused to let the Bears suck the life out of the Redskins season.

While his third touchdown of the game capped off an incredible come from behind victory, it wasn’t the first time Helu Jr. squashed adversity’s ugly face.

“Overcoming adversity is just an amazing thing,” Helu Jr. said after the game “Just overall as a team, the record we have and had coming into today and the way we battled through the game. The way we had adversity again going into our last possession, it’s just cool when you overcome it and you’re just more thankful for what goes on after you get a win.”

So with that Helu Jr. is one of three nominees for GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week. He’s up against New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith and Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams.

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Trio Of Pierre Garcon Catches Brought Up

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 22, 2013 – 11:26 am

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At least offensively, the Washington Redskins lived up to the expectations placed on them in August against the Chicago Bears. Scoring the most points since 2005 (Robert Griffin III was a high schooler then), the Redskins had five offensive touchdowns—two of which came in the first half.

To be honest I’ve never seen so much attention focused on offensive first half touchdowns, but with the woes (one through the first five games), it was brought to the forefront of fan ire along with special teams performance.

But instead of worrying about remembering his locker combination or what’s due in chemistry class, Robert Griffin III had to deal with a vaunted Bears defense capable of breaking a quarterback’s will with a pick-six that they’ve made look so easy over the years. Instead, the Redskins scored 45 points—the most points surrendered by Chicago since Week 7 of the 2009 season.

There was a lot to enjoy about the victory and the offense’s ability to both move the ball in huge chunks and finish off drives that penetrated the red zone.

Any of the touchdowns would suffice as plays that changed momentum, but I’m going to go in a slightly different direction with the Griffin III to Pierre Garcon combination on three separate occasions during the last drive.

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Redskins Weekly Stat Ranking Update

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 22, 2013 – 10:07 am

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Regardless of all else that happened Sunday afternoon at FedExField, the Washington Redskins got their second victory of the season and kept themselves very much alive in a diluted (in comparison to the massive reputation built over the years) NFC East.

It was a telling game for the burgundy and gold for a variety of reasons. First, it proved the early inkling from some NFL “experts” that the read-option had gone six feet under false as seen in Robert Griffin III’s long keepers (the man averaged 7.6 yards per carry), Alfred Morris’ quiet, consistent game (he had 95 yards) and of course Roy Helu Jr.’s “breakout” performance.

The defense surrendered three rushing touchdowns and a late touchdown toss, but on the Bears’ final possession, ya know the most important one in the typical ‘last team that gets the ball wins’ type of game, pressured Bears quarterback Josh McCown into a bad pass on first down and then sacked him with authority to end the game. Hopefully repercussions from that game-ending play will spark the unit in Sunday’s must-see TV matchup with the Denver Peyton Mannings.

Anyway, enough with the verbose introduction and onwards to this week’s Redskins Stat Ranking Update. In case you’re new to Redskins Blog, I take a look at where some of the Redskins rank in key statistical categories such as touchdowns, yards and tackles.

As always, we start things off with Griffin III:

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Keith Burns Talks Special Teams

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 22, 2013 – 9:37 am

Keith Burns evaluates new long snapper Kyle Nelson (Gabe Hiatt)

Special teams coordinator Keith Burns fielded questions from the media Monday for the first time this season.

To hear him talk about making strides toward improvement, a players’ perspective on switching special teams coaches and how he challenges his special teams units, watch the video below.

“What I bring to the table: I’ve played in five different special teams systems. I’ve coached in three different special teams systems, so I’ve always taken a little part from each, the ones that I’v played in and the ones that I’ve coached in, and then I’m bringing it here to Washington,” Burns said.

“It’s going to always take time. But at the same time my job is to go out there and get the guys playing hard, and I think they started doing that just like they showed (Sunday).” Read more »

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